Book Review

I loved the original Freakonomics book and was excited when I first saw that Levitt and Dubner had released SuperFreakonomics.  I received it as a late Christmas gift and tore through it in a couple of days.  From a high level, I’d say if you liked the first book, and are willing to read more […]


Malcolm Gladwell’s new book, “What the Dog Saw” is different from his previous books.  Whereas he took a core idea and expanded it to book length in Outliers, The Tipping Point and Blink, in this book he collects a number of articles he had previously written for “The New Yorker”. A number of times I’ve […]


I was surprised recently when the Canadian Capitalist posted a “first impressions” review of Derek Foster’s new book, “Stop Working too:  You Still Can!”  I was surprised because I’ve reviewed two of Derek’s previous books (Lazy Investor and Money for Nothing – which includes an interview) and have mentioned him favourably a number of times […]


A friend gave me a copy of “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho and it’s one of the few books that I’ve liked well enough to keep in my personal library (I move a lot, so I try to keep the weight to a minimum). I’m not usually into “personal motivation” style books, however this book […]


Book Review: Better

by Mr. Cheap

I recently finished Atul Gawande’s “Better” and found it interesting and relevant to the personal finance world. Dr. Gawande is a practising surgeon and in this book discusses how to improve (get “better”) as an individual, organization and industry.  He uses medicine as the domain of discussion, but manages to generalize his insights to universal […]


Book Review: Sway

by Mr. Cheap

“Sway” by the brothers Ori and Rom Brafman is about “the irresistible pull of irrational behavior”.  It was passed along to me after a friend enjoyed it and thought I would as well (which I did).  It’s a fast, easy read in the style of a Malcolm Gladwell book or Freakonomics.  The authors talk about […]

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“Stumbling on Happiness” by Daniel Gilbert provides an accessible overview of Dr. Gilbert’s work at Harvard in the field of psychology. It is written in a style similar to that of Malcolm Gladwell or Steven Levitt, taking interesting concepts and playfully exploring the consequences and justifications of them. Gilbert’s central idea in the book is […]

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In John Reed’s “How to Write, Publish & Sell Your Own How-To Book” he refers to Dan Poynter’s work repeatedly. In my review of that book, Tim from Canadian Dream also directed me to Poynter, so when my local library had a copy of his “Writing Nonfiction: Turning Thoughts into Books” I had to check […]